Intoxicating ripe blackberry on the nose.
The palate is powerful yet soft, with balanced tannins and flavors of sweet red berries, smoky tobacco, anise and earthy forest floor. The finish is elegantly complex and refined, and will flourish with 10 to 12 years of careful cellaring.
A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. Two brief midSeptember rains had virtually no impact on the grapes. The vast majority of the more delicate skinned grapes had already been harvested and sunny weather with breezes followed the rains, allowing for the mostly Cabernet Sauvignon that remained to dry out almost immediately. The cooler, sunny weather throughout October allowed the final grapes still on the vine to linger longer, developing more phenolic and flavor maturities with sugar levels remaining steady. Vineyard: Three Tears VIneyard.
24 Months in 100% New French Oak.
An inky ruby in color.